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Anthony nailed it in this article, “…collaboration is:  an intensely human activity.  No tool – no matter how groundbreaking and well adopted – can resolve poor collaboration on its own.”  You can’t roll out a new collaboration technology and expect that suddenly you will have a collaborative culture.  Leaders need to determine what the company goals are for collaboration and build a culture that rewards and supports those goals.  Anthony points out that collaboration overload and limited time are some of the things that detract from the tools values.  I see this all of the time at my client sites.  Currently I have a colleague that has to get their “real work” done after hours because he spends so much time during the workday providing feedback, assisting others and attending meetings.  This goes back to leaders to determine what quality collaboration means in their organization and to lean out unnecessary uses of time.  Once you have determined what quality collaboration is in your organization you can find the right tools to facilitate it.  It cannot be the other way around.

Given the statistics quoted in the article, collaboration is not just good for company culture, it is also beneficial to the bottom line.

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